Stopping for a "Piss" in Prague
Located right in front of the Franz Kafka museum in the Lesser Town (Mala Strana) area of Prague, is one of the funniest fountains I’ve ever seen. Two bronze sculptures in the form of two men pee into a Czech Republic-shaped enclosure. Created by Czech artist David Cerny, this piece of art is appropriately called “Piss”.
After seeing this “pissing fountain”, and not in any particular hurry, we sat on a nearby bench and just watched the reactions from people passing by. It was hilarious. The funniest moment we experienced was when a father and his two young daughters came over to the fountain. We watched as the girls each put their hands in the streams and played around in the water. It looked so inappropriate! But all we could do was get a really good laugh and just enjoy the humor of it all.
At the time, I didn’t know there is even more to these men than simply looking like they’re peeing in a pool shaped like the country. Not only do they move realistically with an electric mechanism driven by a couple microprocessors, but they are actually writing out quotes from famous Prague residents with the streams of water.
You can even send your own message to a number that’s displayed next to the sculptures and they will write it out. I think about what message I might have sent, perhaps, “love the goulash!”
On a visit to Prague, go see this fountain for yourself where you'll definitely have a reaction. It might make you think, laugh, or more than likely, both.